Date of event: Wednesday, March , 7 pm
Location: Back of Beyond Books, 83 N Main St, Moab
Open Midnight weaves two parallel stories about the great wilderness—Brooke Williams’s year alone with his dog, ground-truthing backcountry maps of southern Utah, and that of his great-great-great-grandfather, William Williams, who in 1863 made his way with a group of Mormons from England almost to Utah, dying a week short. The story follows two levels of history—personal, as represented by his forbear, and collective, as represented by Charles Darwin, who lived in England at the same time and locale as Williams.
Musing on the handful of known events in his forbear’s life, Brooke writes “If those points were stars in the sky, we would connect them to make a constellation, which is what I’ve made with his life by creating the parts missing from his story.” With this creation William Williams becomes a kind of spiritual guide accompanying the author on his wilderness and life journeys, appearing at pivotal points when the author is required to choose a certain course. Brooke ‘s vivid prose pushes boundaries and investigates new ways toward knowledge and experience, inviting readers to think unconventionally about how we experience reality, spirituality, and the wild.
Name: Phil Irby